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I've seen the word Succonded used on several websites, but can't find a definition anywhere. I believe it may have to do with "being assigned to". Can anybody point me to a dictionary definition - nothing seems to surface!

Examples phrases off Google search:

The war came along, Marconi was succonded to the effort, and my granddaddy went to work


Dr. Dominic Otieno the DSWT veterinary officer succonded by KWS treating the Zebra


Try and find people in your business who can be succonded to your project


Senoir lawyers will be succonded to serve night courts

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It's a mis-spelling; per Wiktionary, it should be seconded:

to second

  1. (transitive, UK) Transfer temporarily to alternative employment.
  2. (transitive) To assist.

See also: secondment:


  1. the process or state of being seconded, the temporary transfer of a person from their normal duty to another assignment
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Nice, thanks very much! – jparanich Sep 24 '10 at 21:41

(This would be a comment to Steve’s answer, but I don’t have the reputation to comment yet.)

It’s worth noting that in this usage, second is often (usually? always?) pronounced with the stress on the second syllable and with the first syllable reduced almost to a schwa. I guess the big difference from the usual pronunciation is why this (otherwise rather bizarre) misspelling seems to be quite common.

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I've only ever heard it with stress on the first syllable; Wiktionary lists only that pronunciation except in a UK-specific sense I have never heard. – Mechanical snail Sep 17 '12 at 7:57
@Mechanicalsnail: quite agreed; but that obscure and mostly UK-specific sense is the sense this question was asking about. – PLL Sep 17 '12 at 14:46

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